It’s Friday, which means it’s time to ready the roundup. Here’s what’s happening in education news right now:
- Orange County students will once again have the option to take a course in advance — or repeat a course — through an online program offered by OCDE’s Pacific Coast High School.
- The top submissions from this year’s National History Day-Orange County competition are set to advance to the state finals in May.
- Santa Ana Unified School District Superintendent Rick Miller, who has led districts in California and Idaho for 25 years, announced he’s retiring at the end of June, capping a career in education that spans more than 40 years.
- Acting U.S. Education Secretary John King Jr. dropped “acting” from his title after his confirmation by the U.S. Senate on Monday.
- Samueli Academy, a public charter school in Santa Ana, is considered a first of its kind in Orange County, focusing its services on foster youth and students from low-income families.
- The Irvine Unified School District and its superintendent, Terry Walker, were honored for their efforts to strengthen arts education and increase student access.
- As part of the 50th anniversary of Nelson Elementary School in the Tustin Unified School District, students and staff opened a time capsule from 1965, giving them a glimpse of Tustin’s past.
- Grace Farrington, a student at Laguna Beach Unified’s Top of the World Elementary School, received a prestigious award from the Association of California School Administrators for overcoming great odds.